Art commissions are a great way to create custom-made artwork for different clients across the globe. Once a piece of art is done, your next big task is to make sure it arrives at its destination safely. 

But, what should you consider when shipping commissioned artwork?

Here are the details.

4 Key Strategies to Consider When Shipping Commissioned Artwork

These are the key factors we recommend to you when shipping commissioned artwork.

  • Utilize Tracking 

Tracking affords you peace of mind because you know the location of the artwork at all times. If any shipping delays or other logistical issues crop up, you can easily solve them to make sure the package arrives on schedule. A reputable shipping company will provide you with a tracking ID for this purpose.

  • Secure Packaging

Handle the artwork packaging with utmost care. You don't want to leave any loose ends or spaces that could lead to movement or slides. If the artwork is not securely packed, it could easily tear or suffer irreversible damage. 

There are a variety of shipping materials you can use to secure the art. They include:

1.  Bubble packaging

Bubble packaging by itself may not protect the artwork. Covering the art with glassine paper and securing it with artist tape and bubble, for instance, is a formidable shipping combination. Bubble packaging allows you to eliminate any dead spaces, minimize unnecessary movement, and prevent damage to the edges of the artwork.

2.  Mailing Tubes

They are a popular packaging style, especially for rollable canvases that don't require frames. The versatile hard cardboard tubes are not prone to punctures and do the job perfectly with an extra layer of bubble packaging. Some companies don't offer tube ends so you may want to tape them so they don't open during transit. 

3.  A Reinforced Envelope

A reinforced envelope is a good choice for small commissioned artworks. It's important, however, to add a piece of cardboard or a hard plastic around the art to secure it firmly before placing it inside the envelope. 

4.  A Box or Crate

These shipping options are typically used for framed artwork or on stretcher bars. Adding hard cardboard on both sides of the art and corners will keep it secure. Make sure to place the artwork in a tight fit inside the box or crate by sealing off any spaces with bubble packaging and packing tape.

  • Take up Declared Value for the Package

Declared value protects you against losses should the artwork suffer any damage during shipping. It's especially recommended for high-priced commissions. Talk to your shipping company to get a clear picture of what you can claim back in the event such a scenario arises.

  • Place a Certificate of Authenticity

We highly recommend that you include a certificate of authenticity along with the piece of art during shipping. It not only shows your artistic professionalism and the value of your work but also provides accurate details about the piece once it’s handed down in the future.

Why Choose Navis Pack & Ship for Your Commissioned Artwork?

We at Navis Pack & Ship understand the value of a one-of-a-kind piece of art and we would love to help you bring it safely to your client's door. Our expert knowledge and experience ensure that every piece of artwork is properly packed for domestic and international shipments from the U.S. and Canada.

You can learn more about Fine Art Shipping and our services including:

  • Full-service pickup in the U.S and Canada
  • Customized quote for packing and shipping
  • Provision of specialized packing materials 
  • White glove delivery services for individuals and businesses
  • And so much more

You can also reach out to your Navis Pack & Ship location for more information. Contact us today to get expert shipping for your commissioned artwork.

    Get a Shipping Quote

    Customer Reviews

    Navis Pack & Ship is rated

    ISPM 15 Crating

    ISPM 15 Certified Crates